Settle in on the grounds of Planting Fields’ Coe Hall, displaying the lush blooms of the season to hear the eclectic jazz band Bedlam Swing. The band began as a jam session between friends within the NYC jazz community, and quickly grew from there into the cohesive and creative ensemble it is today. Members include Ellie Goodman on violin, Brandon Vetrano on guitar, Joshua Kaye on rhythm guitar, and James Robbins on bass. Within the general spectrum of jazz, the ensemble plays a wide variety of tunes ranging from unique takes on standards to original compositions. Enjoy a lively evening of music making, that highlights an innovative blend of ‘30s swing, traditional European folk and classic jazz.
Friday, Aug. 10, 7-9 p.m. $20-$30. Planting Fields, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. (516) 922-8600 or www.plantingfields.org.
Stepping Back In Time
A bit of the “Wild West” comes to Old Bethpage Village when visitors can step back to those days when cowboys were king. Experience the excitement of that long ago era as these modern day cowboys show off their skills in a mounted shooting competition, presented by the Island Long Riders. In this fast action event the riders negotiate a shooting pattern on horseback, scored on accuracy and time. The “cowboys” race their horses at speed through several different course, in a reenactment of historic shooting events held at Wild West Shows in the late 19th century. Matches are part rodeo and part rifle/pistol competition.
Sunday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. $13, $8 children 4-14 and seniors. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. (516) 572-840 or www.obvrnassau.com.